It’s April 16th, which means one thing. Well, it actually means several things. An upcoming four day weekend for example (yay!). But round these parts, it means something slightly more important: the halfway point of Camp NaNoWriMo.
I mean, technically yesterday was the halfway point. But I was busy frantically working on my outline yesterday so I didn’t really have time to do a blog post. This will only be a quick check in to let you all know how it’s going so far.
And the truth is, not as well as I would like.
But let’s get the positives done first. I have my characters figured out. I have their names, their roles, and even a general idea of when they get introduced, and who will die. Yes, I will be working hard on making characters likeable, only to kill some or all of them. Yes, I am a bastard.
This will, of course, change. It always does. When I wrote Post-Apocalipstick I had a character marked for death from the start, but then I realised I would only be wasting her potential. I have to imagine the same will happen here.
What else do I have? I have a good idea of my overall world. This is admittedly a lot more vague and wishy washy than actual character details, but things like city names are in place. Most of the action takes place around one city in particular, but I can reference the rest in dialogue without having to sit for twenty minutes trying to think up a name.
Beyond that, I don’t have a whole hell of a lot. I certainly don’t have an outline. A little awkward, since that’s the stated goal. And this post is admittedly me procrastinating. Typically, the scale of procrastination is in full effect. When I was in work earlier, all I wanted to do was sit down and outline. Now I’ve got the chance to, I’m sat down blogging.
So, here’s the new deal. A full outline by the end of Easter Sunday. No equivocations, no excuses. At least 5000 words in length, detailing my plot from start to finish. I’ll be back on Easter Monday to tell you how it went.